MCA Institutional Members are craft related institutions, industries, business and organizations such as: craft galleries, craft retailers, craft suppliers, craft services, nonprofit organizations, schools and other businesses and institutions working with craft artists. Institutional members support the MCA’s efforts and programming while receiving valuable and tangible benefits of being linked with the MCA.
CORNERSTONES EXCHANGE FUNDING AND COMMITMENT FOR ALIGNMENT WITH THE MAINE CRAFTS ASSOCIATION AND OUR VALUES: CRAFTSMANSHIP, ENTREPRENEURSHIP, TRADITION & INGENUITY
We create alignment and build connections by linking Cornerstones to our 600+ members, 11,000+ mailing list and social media connections, 250,000+ in-person engagements and through co-branded marketing.
Caleb Johnson Studio
Caleb Johnson Studio is a team of award-winning architects, designers, and builders based in Maine.
We specialize in custom design and build services for new homes, renovations, additions, and commercial projects. We are experts in navigating challenging waterfront properties and historic renovations.
Our work is informed by our home base in Maine, with a focus on the landscape, intentional materials, simplicity of expression, and timeless character.
Hay Runner is a real estate service company dedicated to simplifying the sales and property improvement processes.
We are a company of problem solvers. We like to make and do things well.
Founded on the belief that we connect through experience and the environment we occupy and share, we are, in part, where we are… in MAINE.
Finally, we believe that good design leads all important change, and it cannot be done alone. We support these changes and transitions with a circle of creatives and problem solvers.
Center for Furniture Craftsmanship
Our woodworking school offers courses in furniture making
and related skills such as carving, turning, marquetry and finishing.
The mission of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship is to provide the best possible education for people who want to design and build functional, beautiful, and expressive work out of wood to the highest standard of craftsmanship. At the heart of the Center’s mission is the belief that design and craftsmanship are deeply meaningful expressions of the human spirit. They contribute to individual fulfillment and inform the larger culture.
Our programs are for novice, intermediate, and advanced woodworkers who seek an inspiring learning experience in a supportive environment.
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts
The Haystack Mountain School of Crafts is an international craft school located on the Atlantic Ocean in Deer Isle, Maine. Founded in 1950 as a research and studio program in the arts, Haystack offers one and two-week studio workshops to participants of all skill levels as well as the two-week, Open Studio Residency program, exhibitions, campus tours, benefit auctions, artist presentations, and community programs — shorter workshops and a new Public Access Fab Lab for Maine residents and high school students.
Running with Scissors
RWS is a diverse artist studios thriving in the industrial and eclectic East Bayside neighborhood of Portland, ME. A dedicated work space, it serves over 75 artists working in various mediums who share equipment, ideas, tools, and support. Bringing together resources and community, our studios help artists reach their independent creative goals. RWS is the home of the the RWS print, clay and wood shops which are dedicated to elevating the work in those mediums practiced by experienced to experimental artists.
Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts
Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts is a nonprofit arts organization that offers summer and fall residencies, workshops, artist exhibition and talks, and other public events.
Berlian Arts is a creative agency located in Maine that services the artist community. We specialize in photography, design (web, graphic, CAD) and strategies for creative businesses. Robert Diamante and co-owner Nick Thompson use a combination of right- and left-brained strategies to help you succeed!
Forty years ago a group of local Maine artists came together to create Island Artisans, a gallery located on Mount Desert Island in Bar Harbor, ME. It is dedicated to showing the best of Maine arts and crafts. Continuing in that tradition, we offer the finest original works of over 100 of Maine’s leading artisans.
Contemporary American craft, art, home decor, and personal accessories, our unique collection of handmade items reflects the creative spirit of local designers and can be seen in two bright and welcoming galleries, now located in Bar Harbor and Northeast Harbor.
Bar Harbor: 99 Main Street, Bar Harbor, Maine 04609, 207.288.4214
Northeast Harbor: 119 Main Street, Northeast Harbor, Maine 04662, 207.276.4045
Doles Orchard Box Shop
My name is Emily Chelate and I am the designer and manager of our woodworking and laser engraving shop in Limington, Maine. We offer a wide range of products and styles, from custom displays, tap handles, gift boxes and retail signage, to intricately cut ornaments, advents calendars, unique lighting, and more.
I learned the basics of woodworking with my father, but am a self-taught designer and laser artist. I love working closely with my customers and their ideas to create unique and exciting products just for them!
Artsworth Studios is a community arts organization illuminating the importance of creativity in all aspects of life through instruction, thought provoking exhibitions and special events.
Artsworth Studios is a non-profit arts organization attuned to the needs of the community. As a unique community resource, the center provides opportunities for exploration and discovery that illuminate the importance and value of the arts in all aspects of life. We are devoted to encouraging a wider appreciation and deeper understanding of the arts by providing innovative and accessible opportunities for all ages, including high quality art instruction, thought-provoking exhibitions and special events.
Artsworth Studios is the natural outgrowth of Atlantic Art Glass, a glassblowing studio owned and operated by Linda Perrin. Artists near and far have visited, collaborated and studied at the glass blowing studio. Perrin has attracted a community of creative people who are dedicated to a wider appreciation of art, with the intent to have a positive local impact. Training in glass blowing, blacksmithing, jewelry making, fiber arts, fine arts, performing arts as well as other creative cultural exchanges are now offered at 25 Pine Street in Ellsworth through Artsworth Studios.
Board Of Directors
Caroline Cotter President , Linda Perrin – Vice President, Cheryl Rosenfelder – Secretary, Jeff Toman – Past Treasurer, Molly Friedland, Fred Lies
American Furniture Masters Institute
The American Furniture Masters Institute (AFMI) is the nonprofit 501(c)(3) sister organization and vital arm of the New Hampshire Furniture Masters Association. AFMI supports educational endeavors that preserve the art of fine furniture making including the Prison Outreach Programs in New Hampshire and Maine and the Alden Artisan Advancement, a scholarship to support emerging artists.
The Art Department
The Art Department (T.A.D) is a nonprofit leadership program that advocates career exploration for Maine artists with developmental and intellectual disabilities.
T.A.D’s mission is to provide professional support for artists striving to reach their creative potential, in an environment that encourages each individual to develop technical skills, as well as collaborations with local artists, strategies for self-promotion, and connections through community events that contribute to the greater Portland art scene and beyond.
T.A.D provides art supplies, cameras, computers, studio space, and professional instruction to over 50 local artists in downtown Portland. Through public access to our workspaces and galleries, we strengthen community contacts and conversations about the inspiring talent and innovative creations of our artists.
T.A.D is a program of Creative Trails
ArtSmart Productions produces the annual Art Providence Show, which replaced the long-running, highly successful RISD Annual Holiday Sale upon its cancellation in 2017. It carries forth the tradition of high-caliber work across a variety of disciplines including jewelry, ceramics, furniture, apparel and more, but now includes artists/makers of all backgrounds, including but not limited to RISD alumni. Featuring 150-175 artists, makers and designers from throughout the US, the show has quickly built a reputation for both quality and diversity of work, much of which cannot be seen at other New England shows. ArtSmart also offers low-cost marketing services to artists/makers and arts-based organizations. Such services include digital asset creation (video, graphic design, website, etc.), on-site management/support of art- or craft-related events, and more. For more info, e-mail email@example.com.
Belfast FiberArts is a community based fiber and textile arts shop that boasts over 30 Maine artists, founded by Alice Seeger in 2019. They host various weaving, spinning, and other fiber related workshops.
Circling the Square Fine Art Press
Circling the Square Fine Art Press is an open access press where key-holding artists can work independently. Since the opening of the press in August 2007, the facility has been busy with artists working in serigraphy, relief and intaglio, making monotypes, editions, artist’s books.
Common Threads of Maine
At Common Threads of Maine, our mission is to promote fulfilling careers in the Maine textile industry by teaching people to become skilled stitchers, advocating for fair treatment in the workplace, and assisting business development. We operate a professional sewing school, textile makerspace, and sewing supply and consignment store.
Factory 3 is a makerspace at 115 Saint James Street in Portland, Maine that hosts a diverse group of creatives, thinkers, dreamers, and entrepreneurs, from experts to beginners. We provide shared use of woodshop, metal shop, and textile equipment, and offer private studios for the dedicated maker. Factory 3’s array of workshops and creative courses contribute to the learning and development of not only our members but of Portland’s diverse community of artists, craftspersons, designers, engineers, and spirited business people. At Factory 3 our mission is to cultivate an inclusive culture where creative generosity thrives, where ideas are encouraged to grow, and where both novices and professionals are empowered to unleash their abilities.
Casco Bay Craft School
Casco Bay Craft School was founded in 2019 with the mission of offering immersive fine craft workshops in a variety of mediums, taught by renown instructors, in an incomparable island setting off the rugged coast of Maine.
Rachel Battarbee and Myranda Caputo, the creators of Guided Makers’,
provide customized services for clients within design,
product development, technical development, and sourcing.
Whatever your scale or current production stage, Guided Makers is here to provide you with the expertise and resources to take your brand into its next phase of development. We help you prepare for and navigate each stage of apparel development — from the initial concepts through to being production-ready.
When you work with Guided Makers, you gain access to our decades
of experience in guiding and supporting businesses through the
successful production and launch of new apparel lines.
We’re a craft studio and market specializing in Maine-made delights and friendly creative encouragement. Take a class, teach a class, or find the right gift for any occasion.
Maine Pottery Tour
The Maine Pottery Tour is a self-guided driving tour of pottery & ceramics studios around the state. We organize this event to help potters find their audience, build community among potters, educate the public, and celebrate ceramic arts.
Statewide arts nonprofit Maine Fiberarts is located in a beautiful historic Center/Gallery in Topsham, Maine. We host: revolving exhibitions of fiber artwork, printed and online Tour Maps to studios and farms, networking and referrals, printed copies of our Learning Fiber Art Guide (close to 100 artists and places teaching fiber arts throughout Maine), an Online Art Shop, and our travel website: www.mainefiberfolio.com, showcasing photo-illustrated stories of fiber studios, farms, shops and destinations statewide. Come visit!
Maine Jewelry & Art
Maine Jewelry & Art is a 100% made in Maine gallery featuring the work of over 40 Maine artists. We are owned and operated by 3 women artists living in and around the Bangor area. We carry jewelry, pottery, paintings, fiber art, and so much more!
Hidden Ladder Collective
We are The Hidden Ladder Collective, a rapidly growing tidal wave of creative energy based out of Portland, Maine. Canned culture does not create us. Instead, we create our own universes through art.
We bring art out of the cage of the museum and onto the street where it is accessible and interactive.
Maine Mineral & Gem Museum
The Maine Mineral and Gem Museum showcases our geological history, displays renowned mineral and rock collections, provides educational opportunities for the novice and expert alike, conducts historical and geological research and is a Maine travel destination for residents and visitors.
Mechanics’ Hall inspires and enriches the community by promoting ingenuity, creativity, innovation, and the diffusion of useful knowledge.
Mechanics’ Hall combines successful traditions with new ideas to build a vibrant community of users, members, organizations with common interests, and the general public.
The Metals Collective
The Metals Collective is a Portland, Maine based group of makers whose mission is to promote the craft of metalsmithing & jewelry through collaboration, growth, and public engagement.
Founded in 2010, the Metals Collective has produced over a dozen group exhibitions, featuring over 20 different makers. For each show, a historical or conceptual theme is selected for participating members to respond to. Through the collaborative nature of the Metals Collective, each artist is encouraged to create work that is outside the bounds of their regular studio practice, resulting in individual artistic growth. By bringing handmade art jewelry and objects to view in public spaces, the Metals Collective engages the community with explorations of historical content and contemporary metalsmithing practices. Members range from fresh graduates to seasoned professionals.
Pickwick Independent Press
Rad community print shop in the heart of Portland, Maine, offering membership, workshops, commission work and more! We specialize in Relief, letterpress, screen, intaglio and riso printing.
Schoodic Arts for All
Celebrating art and creativity in Downeast Maine! Performances, workshops, exhibits, and community groups for all ages year round. Schoodic Arts Festival each summer with performances and workshops.
Spindleworks makes it possible for people to be accepted and valued as contributing members of the artistic community as well as the community as a whole.
Our downtown Brunswick location serves as our home studio, providing professional art skills and mentorship to our artists. The big blue house welcomes the public for workshops, gallery exhibitions, and purchasing of one-of-a-kind art objects.
We provide art programming that advocates for inclusion and equity for artists with disabilities within the greater creative arts community. By establishing partnerships with community organizations, we offer integrated art experiences that support personal growth.
Spin Off Studio
SpinOff Studio is a non profit art center for adults with disabilities in Gardiner, Maine, sister to Spindleworks in Brunswick. Both are programs of Independence Association, a Maine-grown organization whose mission is to help children and adults with disabilities achieve full and inclusive lives in their chosen communities.
The Artful Aide
The Artful Aide, LLC serves arts organizations, artists and innovative small businesses through marketing, project management and creative coaching.